Coming Home.

 

Flying Home!

Guess where I am writing from? My kitchen table at HOME!

We have been home 1 week now. And it is fantastic!

Our alarm went off at 4 a.m. on Friday morning and the kids and I arrived at our home in Idaho 3 flights and 22 hours later.

L.O.N.G day.

Boise is not super easy to get to, but the kids are great travelers. Fueled by espresso, chocolate brioche and our excitement the day flew by.

Beautiful Boise Foothills

Getting close! Beautiful Boise Foothills

And then suddenly we were there, and I could see our friends through the glass and my eyes got all misty, and the butterflies about coming home and it feeling strange flew right away.

Boise Airport

Friends

What a beautiful sight these friends were!

Warm welcome from our sweet friend Rachel!

Warm welcome from our sweet friend Rachel!

Home.

Home.

We feel so loved and after being gone 58 weeks-we’re so happy to be home. Looking forward to a great month enjoying summer in Idaho with our friends and family and all the things that we love about home.

 

<3 H

Still Smiling. {surviving the first year of expat life}

Expats in Italy

We just passed the 1 year mark of moving from Idaho to Italy, and I’ve been thinking about what has helped us through the past year.

If you are moving to another country, adventuring forth on your own expat adventure, or just want to crawl inside my nutty mind, I thought I would share with you what has been helpful for us. (And by us, I mean me.  ha, ha!) Several things come to mind… Continue reading

10 reasons I’m excited to go home this summer.

 

Boise

Awhile back, I  booked our flights to fly home this summer. After about a month of shopping online and looking for the right route at the right price- I found a winner and pushed that crazy purchase button.

I’m not sure if it was the relief of finally being done with that process, or the realization that for the first time since we left a year ago I know exactly when we’ll be visiting- but after I pushed the purchase button I had a flood of emotion. I got teary.

And then I laughed at myself. Because it shouldn’t have surprised me, but it totally did.

The countdown is on- and we are headed home in July. The kids and I have been chatting about going home and everyone has their list of what they are looking forward to doing, seeing and eating when we go home. Continue reading

Happy Expat Anniversary! {A year in review}

June marks the 1 year anniversary of leaving home and moving to Milano, Italy. And being the sentimental gal that I am, I love anniversaries, and any reason to celebrate really.

I’ve decided I’m just going to declare this as being anniversary month and enjoy a little reminiscing and embrace all the change this year has brought to our entire family.

It’s been a year of growth, challenges, celebration, adventure, exhaustion and much deliciousness!

Continue reading

Greek Easter. {Lindos, Rhodes}

Lindos, Greece

The Village of Lindos, Greece

Ahhh, Greece. We’ve dreamed of you for so long!

We’ve been traveling a lot this past year. And when we were planning out trips we wanted to take while living in Italy, we dreamed of going to Greece for Easter break.

It’s no easy feat to decide exactly where in Greece to go- the options are endless! But we like to travel a little off the beaten path-and so we decided on the Island of Rhodes- almost all the way to Turkey.

From there, we decided to stay near Lindos, a village on the other side of the island from the bigger, more touristy Rhodes Town.

I have to tell you,  Lindos was the perfect pick for us.

The weather was great, and the beaches and the charming village uncrowded in late April.

So uncrowded that many of the shops and restaurants were just opening for the season, and some of them were still making preparations to open for the busy summer season ahead. I imagine in July/August the area is very hot and crowded and completely different from our experience.

My goals for this trip were to eat well, read, sleep off the horrid illness that I couldn’t shake, and dip my toes into that beautiful blue green Agean Sea.

Hallelujah! I managed to do all of the above, and more.

Continue reading